With winter in full-swing, you need to pay close attention to your windshield. Winter weather can spell disaster for your windshield, especially if you don't take the right precautions. Here are four tips that will help you protect your windshield this winter.
1. Take Care With the Defroster
If you turn the defroster to high as soon as you get in the car, you're putting your windshield at risk, especially if there are already small cracks and chips in it. The extreme temperature change can cause those minor issues to expand and destroy your windshield. Not only that, but if your windshield is aging, the temperature change could cause your windshield to shatter. To protect your windshield, turn the defroster on to low and let the warmth go to work slowly.
2. Use the Right Snow Removal Tools
When your windshield is covered in ice and snow, it can be tempting to use whatever you have nearby to clear your view, including your metal kitchen spatula. Unfortunately, using anything other than specially-designed snow scrapers could lead to scratches and other damage. For maximum protection, always scrape your windows in the same direction as your windshield wipers move – left to right. Moving with the flow of the wipers will help protect your windshield from scratches and will also protect your windshield wipers.
3. Replace Your Windshield Washer Fluid
During the winter, it's crucial that you use the right windshield washer fluid in your car. You need a fluid that will cut right through the ice and leave your windshield crystal clear. Using straight water, or a fluid that's designed for warm weather will leave your windshield with a sheet of ice covering it, which is what you're trying to avoid. As soon as the weather turns cold, replace your warm-weather windshield cleaner with one designed for winter weather.
4. Keep a Safe Distance
If you're going to be traveling on the roads during winter storms, keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles. This practice provides protection in a couple of ways. First, it gives you time to react should problems arise. Second, it helps you avoid flying debris, such as rocks. To protect your windshield, and to reduce your risk of auto accidents, maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
Don't take chances with your windshield this winter. Use the tips provided here to help maintain a clear, undamaged view, through your windshield. Contact an auto glass repair service for more help.